The Deaths

The Deaths Review

Four families live in a beautiful stretch of English countryside in magnificent houses. They leave only to commute first-class to London for meetings, deals and theatre outings, or on family holidays to winter sun or half-term skiing.

But the money is running out in Britain and keeping up appearances isn't easy. As tensions and relationships develop within this group of friends, an unthinkable act of violence destroys these lives. This horrific act opens the book, but 'Lawson takes us through several hundred gripping, intricately plotted pages before we find out "whodunnit".' (Guardian)

The Deaths is a dark and brilliant social comedy about how the other half live - or how they pretend to.

Title:The Deaths
Edition Language:English

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  • Alison Procter

    oh dear, what a load of tripe. I read the reviews for this and thought that it sounded like a good social satire, promising humour, social observation and well constructed "whodunnit"..however, after ...

  • Becky

    'The Eight' are four couples who have everything money can buy, perfect afluent lives in the Buckinghamshire commuter belt..... at least that is what everyone thinks. In fact one family will be found ...

  • Damaskcat

    The crimes have been committed in the first few pages of the book but the reader does not know who is dead, why they were killed, who was responsible or how it happened. The events leading up to the ...

  • Maya Panika

    Mark Lawson is one of my favourite radio presenters; I love his sharp, easy, comic style. I was really looking forward to this novel.Reading the blurb, I was expecting something far more lightweight: ...

  • Sarah

    I found this to be absolutely riveting from start to finish. I genuinely can not recall something i enjoyed reading quite to much in recent times. The novel concentrates on four middle class couples g...

  • Charlotte

    Very disappointing.I felt from quite early on that it was pretty arduous to read but persevered nonetheless as I wanted to find out who was murdered and why.I do feel like I wasted my time in finishin...

  • Jillwilson

    “Nothing stirs up authorial ire so much as the question of "likable characters." In a recent interview, the novelist Claire Messud was asked if she'd want to be friends with one of her characters. H...

  • Maureen

    A keenly observed portrait of middle class England during the winter of 2011-2012. It revolves around four families, living in the most magnificent houses in their Buckinghamshire village, (the elite ...

  • Jo

    I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The narrative alternates between the discovery of several bodies in one of the big houses in a country village and the lives of several rich people who live...

  • Anne

    The setting is a beautiful Berkshire village, a commuter village, on the London trainline. The characters are 'The Eight'; four couples who live with their assorted children and dogs in four wonderful...